Jonathan Frakes is an American actor, author, and director best known for his portrayal of Commander William T. Riker in the TV series Star Trek: The Next Generation (and subsequent films), a recurring role which he currently plays on Picard.
Having moved towards directing in recent years, Frakes directed and starred in Star Trek: First Contact as well as Star Trek: Insurrection. Besides directing many of TNG television episodes, he also directed episodes of Leverage, Burn Notice, Castle, NCIS: Los Angeles, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Frakes hosted the television series Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, challenging viewers to discern his stories of fact-based phenomena and fabricated tales. In June 2011, Frakes narrated the History Channel documentary Lee and Grant.